Congregation Shir Chadash

6440 Del Amo Blvd.
Lakewood, CA 90713
Phone: (562) 429-0715

Religious School

Kaplan School of Jewish Learning

The goal of the Kaplan School of Jewish Education is to prepare students for Jewish competency in the real world in which they live.

The curriculum combines grade levels in order to allow for a critical mass of students in each classroom. Students learn about Jewish holidays, values, significant personalities, Israel, key Jewish religious texts and Hebrew. Each Sunday morning concludes with a song session for students, teachers, and parents to experience and participate in Jewish songs. Field trips, family education days and class dinners supplement the curriculum. Classes are intimate allowing each student multiple opportunities to interact, participate, and learn at his or her own pace.

Classes meet on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Hebrew songs, blessings and vocabulary are introduced in kindergarten through 2nd grade. Hebrew language development begins in the 3rd grade.

Confirmation class serves as a transitional bridge as students deal with everyday issues of adolescence while also beginning to give serious consideration to their own future. Taught in a highly interactive discussion format, class topics range from defining what it means to be Jewish to understanding different faiths and interacting with people of those different faiths to learning the personal importance of each of the middot. The confirmation class also identifies a social action project that will give the students an opportunity to participate in tikkun olam.